We talk about trades ourselves, now we see what the Lakers think about them.

L.A. Times: It’s a time period the Lakers and many of their fans don’t like to revisit. The 2004 NBA Finals, you know, the one where the Detroit Pistons upset the Lakers and denied them their fourth consecutive championship.

But Coach Phil Jackson brought up that season in context with the latest trading deadline. After Rasheed Wallacewas traded to the Atlanta Hawks from the Portland Trail Blazers, the Pistons acquired the current Boston Celtics forward in a three-team trade involving Boston and Atlanta. The effect was felt instantly that season, resulting in an NBA championship.

Jackson didn’t see any of the trades this past week bearing the same magnitude. And the Lakers made no moves before the deadline, meaning they’ll look to defend their NBA championship with nearly the same roster as last season’s, with exception to the essentially off-season swap withTrevor Ariza to Houston and Ron Artest to L.A. Nonetheless, Jackson still kept an eye on specific moves from the perspective on how it could affect the Lakers in the postseason.

Jackson seconded the viewpoint of General Manager Mitch Kupchak, who recently told The Times’ Mike Bresnahan that Dallas’ acquisition of Washington forward Caron Butler and center Brendan Haywood will be significant. The Clippers trade involving shipping defensive specialist Marcus Camby to Portland also caught Jackson’s eye because the Trail Blazers (32-15) are slated to face the top-seeded Lakers (42-14) in the first round of the playoffs.

But there was one trade Jackson initially refused to discuss, that one involving Cleveland’s acquisitionof forward Antawn Jamison from Washington for center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. A little bit of prodding revealed Jackson’s true feelings.

“I don’t know what that does for them to tell you the truth,” Jackson said. “They’re going to get Ilgauskas back and it’s going to be one of those scenarios we see in the NBA where you ship a player out, then you get another player, then that player retires and they pay him off. Then he comes back in 30 days. I don’t know what that does for the league. I think it’s kind of a weird situation.”

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  • bostonSUCKS88

    Mistake in the 1st paragraph. In 2004, we were not prevented from winning our 4th straight title. We lost in the 2nd round in 2003.

  • bostonSUCKS88

    Also, I dont know why people question PJ for criticizing the cavs trade. The trade we made for Pau, did not include us trading a player and getting him back 30 days later. PJ doesnt agree with trading a player then being able to get him back, and neither do most of us. But that did not happen in the Pau trade.

  • lakershow2010

    mitch is a numbnut for not fixing our pg issues when he clearly had an opportunity

    • bostonSUCKS88

      He clearly had an opportunity? lol
      and how would u know? sorry to tell but not everything on realgm is true. If he saw a trade that would have improved the team, he would have done it. Obviously that opportunity wasnt there.

  • lakershow2010

    mitch is a numbnut for not fixing our pg woes

    • PauLAsol

      Mitch can’t force other teams to agree a trade.

  • LGM10

    Theres just one thing i don’t understand
    How can orlando have guys from top to bottom that can be legitimate starters on their roster but with LESS of a salary than our team? There’s no reason with the money we’re spending for our guys why we cant have a deeper bench, etc. like the magic can.
    It just puzzles me…

    • Marwan Marzina

      It just goes down to whether the players are willing to accept less money for the sake of the team, to build a championship team and it seems like thats what they are doing. Each one seems to have taken a minimum pay cut and that adds up to a big amount if each one takes a small pay cut.
      But that is their priority. If they think that taking less money would help them win a championship then let them do so. The Lakers are doing fine and Buss is prepared to pay.

      • LakersBabe

        You are partially correct. Management hands out the checks. They can choose to sign a player to a deal that makes sense.

        The Lakers starting five, highly paid for the most part, are probably worth their salaries. The Lakers bench on the other hand is overpaid. Morrison is not worth $6 million a year, nor is Walton and Vuyacic worth $5 million each.

        Mitch screwed up and he should take responsibility. We needed a PG at the beginning of the season so he had all summer long.

      • LGM10

        I went on espn trade machine and compared our salaries to those of the magic. most of our players’ salaries match up and are pretty much deserving until u get to sasha, ammo (least hes off the books after this season), and luke which add up to about 15 mil. Damn those guys…

  • WiifeLovesLuke

    Leave my Luke alone! His penis is mine.